Gai Waterhouse won another feature fillies race at Randwick as Speak Fondly landed the second leg of the Princess Series by taking out the Group 3 Furious Stakes.
Speak Fondly has now taken out the first two legs of the Princess Series of races in the Sliver Shadow Stakes and now the Furious Stakes.
Proven over the distance on her home track, the three-year old started as the short priced favourite.Jumping well from the gate, Kerrin McEvoy found a position on the rail behind the leader.
Peeling off the fence coming out of the final turn, the daughter of Northern Meteor was met by Ottoman in the straight who had loomed up to challenge for the lead.
The pair broke clear from the field at the 200m, however Speak Fondly chestnut was able to break away at the 100m for a dominant 2 ¾ Length win.
Perignon for Gerald Ryan and Hugh Bowman sought out a gap in the middle of the field to run on in the final stages of the race for second. Ottoman for John O’Shea and James McDonald finished third.The time was 1.10.64 with the final 600m in 35.54 with a 2 ¼ Lengths by ¾ Length the official margins.
Gai Waterhouse commended the three-year-old’s talent and stated that the filly has Group 1 winning potential this Spring.
“She is too good, she is an absolutely outstanding filly, she will win the Flight Stakes and do exactly the same thing. She is really the real deal”, praised Waterhouse.
Following the race Kerrin McEvoy indicated that an increase in distance might suit the filly.
“She has come on again since her first up run, she had to do it a little bit differently today, third the fence and bustled her way clear and she was dominant late”, said McEvoy.
“I wonder if she might stay a little bit further now.“I said to Gai [Waterhouse] after she won first up that maybe she is only a sprinter, but she relaxed nice enough to say she might enjoy the 1400m”, McEvoy advised.
Speak Fondly is a filly by Northern Meteor out of the Flying Spur mare Blab and is owned by Gooree Stud (Manager: E M Cojuangco). This was the filly’s third win from 6 starts and she has earned stakes of $363,700.
James McDonald (Ottoman): “She went really well. Probably just one trial and then to the races was against her was against her but she still ran really well.”
Tommy Berry (Lake Geneva): “She was okay. She is probably looking for 1400m now. The final furlong is just where she is flattening out. Maybe that is because she is getting taken off the bit too far from home. She was a nice enough run.”
Luke Tarrant (Look To The Stars): “She just did not handle the track, she did not travel.”
Sam Clipperton (Calaverite): “It was a very disappointing effort. I was expecting a lot more out of her.”
Brenton Avdulla (Fireworks): “I thought she was pretty plain the other day but I thought she ran better today with a run under her belt. I think if she can 1400m or 1600m I think she might be able to measure up to one of these races coming up.”
Christian Reith (Serene Majesty): “She just struggled in the ground today.”
Winona Costin (Capricious Spirit): “They were just too good for her today.”